Are you looking for a formatting tool for your hard drive, USB drive, SD card for whatever reason? Maybe to remove viruses, sensitive data, and bad sectors or partitions? Worry less! Below are 5 best-tested tools for formatting disk on Windows. Before that, I would recommend you back up necessary data to avoid losing them totally, click here to learn to back up files.

  • AOMEI Partition Assistant
  • EaseUS Partition Master Format Tool
  • Rufus
  • IM-Magic Partition Resizer Free
  • HDD Low-Level Format Tool

1. AOMEI Partition Assistant

AOMEI Partition Assistant is a free and very powerful tool, which can format hard drive to Fat32 even if it is larger than 32GB. This tool is able to format both internal and external hard disks to exFAT file without a struggle. It is obviously recognized as one of the best due to its ability to format read-only disks or storage. Here are the three steps to use the AOMEI Partition assistant to format disk partition; regardless if the disk is write-protected.

AOMEI Homepage showing available disks
AOMEI Homepage
  1. Download AOMEI Partition Assistant, install and run the software. On the homepage, right-click on the desired partition on the disk you would like to format and select “Format Partition”
  2. In the pop-up window, input the partition label, file system and cluster size you want for the freshly formatted partition. Then click “OK”.
  3. Then click “Apply” at the top-left corner of the application..
AOMEI format options
AOMEI format partition

2. EaseUS Partition Master Format Tool

EaseUS is a free multipurpose disk and partition management tool. The EaseUS Partition tool supports all Windows operating system and can format drive or disks that are not even recognized by Windows. The tool also allows users to format volumes above 32GB to FAT32 file system and convert FAT32 to NTFS with data loss. Here is a quick guide to use EaseUS Partition Master Format tool.

EaseUS Homepage showing available disks
EaseUS Homepage
  1. Download EaseUS Partition Master, install and run the software. On the homepage, right-click on the hard disk partition you want to format and select “Format”.
  2. In the pop-up window, input the partition label, file system and cluster size you want for the freshly formatted partition. Then click “OK”.
  3. Then click “OK” to confirm your actions. Click “Execute Operation” at the top-left corner to check planned changes, then click “Apply” to start formatting .
EaseUS partition Master format options
EaseUS format partition

3. Rufus

Rufus is most likely the smallest of all the tools in terms of its interface but it is very powerful. This tiny tool is an easy to use freeware that can format media disks which cannot be formatted normally. Here is a quick guide to use Rufus to format your drive.

RUFUS homepage showing format options
Rufus Homepage
  1. Download Rufus and run the software. On the homepage, select which drive to format.
  2. Set format options, such as label, file system and cluster size.
  3. Click “START” to format.
RUFUS Format confirmation warning page
Rufus Format Device

4. IM-Magic Partition Resizer Free

IM-Magic is a powerful partition manager that allows you to format hard drive or partitions into FAT32/NTFS for free. The tool also helps to create, wipe, resize, and hide or manage partitions effectively. Here shows how to use the IM-Magic Partition Resizer.

IM-Magic Partition resizer Homepage showing available disks
IM-Magic Homepage
  1. Download IM-Magic Partition Resizer, install and run the software. On the homepage, right-click on the hard disk partition you want to format and select “Format Partition”.
  2. In the pop-up window, input the partition label, file system and cluster size you want for the freshly formatted partition. Then click “OK”.
  3. Then click “OK” to confirm your actions. Click “Apply Changes” at the bottom left corner to approve formatting.
IM-Magic Partition resizer format options page
IM-Magic Format Partition

5. HDD Low Level Format Tool

HDD Low Level Format is another exceptional tool for formatting disks; completely free, it allows you to effortlessly format external and internal hard disk. With the low-level format option, it has the capacity to format hard disks completely with no original drive data left behind. It also supports external disks like SD cards, USB and so on. Here is a quick guide to use the HDD Low Level Format Tool.

HDD Homepage showing available disks
HDD Homepage
  1. Download HDD Low Level Format Tool and run the software. On the homepage, select which drive to format.
  2. Select “LOW-LEVEL FORMAT”,.
  3. Click “FORMAT THIS DEVICE” to format.
HDD format page highlighting format option and format button
HDD format drive

With these five formatting tools, it does not matter what yopu are trying to get rid off. What matters now is if you have a particular data you wounldnt want to lose; because after using these tools, all is gone.

Do well to drop comments if you are having difficulties using any of these tools, and I’ll be here to help you.